Located in the upper abdomen, the liver is the largest organ in the body. It performs several different functions, including metabolising fats, filtering blood and storing fats and carbohydrates. An aneurysm occurs when a hepatic artery becomes swollen or blocked, preventing proper liver function.
Individuals with an aneurysm of the liver often complain of pain, usually located in the epigastrium, which is below the sternum but over or above the stomach.
Hemobilia is a condition in which the upper portion of the gastrointestinal tract bleeds due to trauma of the liver, such as from an aneurysm or blunt force trauma.
When blood flow is compromised and the liver cannot filter out retired red blood cells, then jaundice (yellowing of the skin) occurs.
Ischemic hepatitis occurs when the liver cells become damaged or die off due to lack of proper blood flow and oxygen to the liver.
Death may occur after a liver aneurysm if treatment is not sought, or because the individual is asymptomatic, meaning they are unaware of any symptoms that indicate a problem.